Scott Cooper to Direct Stephen King’s The Stand

Christian Bale, Scott Cooper and Zoe Saldana on the set of Out of the Furnace (2013) Movie Image

“Tada! Get it? Tada! Ahem.”

“The Stand”, like most of Stephen King’s ginormous novels, is a really great read … right up to the ending, which is just so absurd and idiotic you wonder if King just ran out of steam and decided, “Screw it, I’m through with this damn novel!” and just wrote the dumbest ending he could think of. Seriously, I read all 20,000 pages of “The Stand” to get to THAT ending? You’ve got to be kidding me, Steve.


The Stand Book CoverAs you’ll recall, Ben Affleck was originally rumored to be directing a big-screen adaptation of “The Stand” (a mighty big proposition, given the aforementioned 20,000 pages), but as you might also have heard, ol Ben will be a tad busy these days, what with getting fitted for a cape and cowl and ab suits and such.

Don’t worry, though, because Warner Bros. already has someone else up at bat — Scott Cooper, director of “Crazy Heart” and the gritty crime drama “Out of the Furnace” … starring ex-Batman Christian Bale.

Cooper is currently in talks to rewrite the script and direct for Warner Bros.

“The Stand” is a post-apocalyptic tale set in America after a Government virus has wiped out the vast majority of mankind, leaving behind a disparate group of survivors. Turns out, there may be more at work than just a man-made virus, as various characters seemingly representing the forces of good and evil collide, leading to the aforementioned dumbass ending.

The book was actually previously turned into an ABC mini-series a few decades ago that was pretty good. It starred Rob Lowe and a pre-“Forrest Gump”/”CSI” Lieutenant Dan for those who would like to check it out.

Via : Heat Vision